Friday, 10 June, 1864

Another pleasant day. The Col. left sometime after _?_. Bill walked with him and returned with Camm, Larkin, Roscoe Burke and George Stacy, who remained till sometime after dinner.1 2 The two latter, Zac took across the river to get some horses they left over there. – – Bettie and Dellah have been sewing again today. – – Bake commenced weaving on Mary’s cloth today and it’s beautiful.3 Mr. Stacy returned at dark to bring good news _?_ _?_ _?_ have captured Alexandria. 4

  1. A close look at the journal confirms the “C” is Camm Garrett, the C. in the transcription. Camm Smith Garrett (1821-1875) was the brother and neighbor of Larkin Garrett. Camm Garrett is listed in the 1850 U.S. Census as a teacher; he taught at Rumford Academy. He lived at Longwood.  (back)
  2. Felix Roscoe Burke, son of Robert Burke (1808-1877). The Burkes lived at Spring Bank, about 5 miles upriver, west of Woodbury.  (back)
  3. The text before cloth is badly damaged. What looks like “y’s” is all that is visible. However, soon in the journal Bake is mentioned weaving on Mary’s (her sister’s) cloth.  (back)
  4. The Alexandria here likely means Alexandria, Louisiana, not Virginia. The Red River Campaign, a Union initiative, was a dismal failure that concluded the third week of May. For Confederates it was one of the few military bright spots in 1864. There seems to be no mention of a Confederate threat to Alexandria in Virginia mentioned in newspapers of the time.  (back)